Fell like planning your next SCUBA diving trip? Well, the island of Roatan off the coast of Honduras is absolutely one of the best scuba diving destinations in the world. Roatan is a gorgeously beautiful island in the western portions of the Caribbean Sea and is home to the 2nd largest barrier reef the world has to offer after Australia.
The exotic tropical island of Roatan offers you everything a SCUBA diving vacation needs, from wreck diving, fun dives, scuba lessons, and dive instructor training facilities to an exiting day and night life.
Roatan boasts numerous diving resorts, and there are also quite a few smaller hotels and a number of independent diving facilities that offer the best diving opportunities at moderate prices.
The Most Popular Roatan Dive Sites:
Barbareta Wall – At some three miles offshore from Roatan is a hilly, uninhabited island named Barbareta where you an find undiscovered reefs portions with a stunningly beautiful mile-long wall, coral gardens, and the island is surrounded by coves and the finest white sandy beaches. The wall offers a continuous drop-off that comes with great pelagic encounters.
Calvin’s Crack – There is a plateau on top of a shallow reef that faces a wall. Calvin’s Crack is running through the reef alongside narrows, and widens out to an exit near the outer wall.
Connie’s Dream – this sloping drop-off is found some three minutes from Romeo’s Resort, and here you can find beautiful vase and tube sponges among both purple and red tube sponges, and you can marvel at a seemingly endless underwater landscape of the tallest coral heads while deep sand channels are falling into the abyss.
Doc’s Elbow – This attractive night dive location is located directly in front of the Brick Bay Resort entrance, and here you can find a wide variety of under water life such as reef crabs, lobsters, and octopus. You’ll only need a short swim to get to the wall.
Enchanted Forest & Insidious Reef – These two dives belong to a large reef that’s associated with an bank just offshore, and are found just west of Romeo’s Resort. The drop-off starts slowly with some rolling reefs dropping to some 80′, while groupers and Creole Wrasse are surrounding you as well as diverse coral and sponge growth.
Mary’s Place – This is one of the most popular diving sites just off Roatan. Your dive begins at a mooring buoy on the shelf of the reef, along an almost vertical crevice dropping from 40′, and because a huge portion of the wall was broken away from the reef’s main section, a wide slit was formed. You can explore and enjoy the most beautiful bouquets of Tube and Rope Sponges, Black Coral, and deep water seafans. A sand shelf is dropping to some 200′, and here you can marvel at a spectacular underwater view.
Pigeon Cays – These are three small uninhabited islets off the south coast of Barbareta that provide totally undiscovered dive sites.
Spooky Channel – This channel is formed by a former river valley and the Spooky Channel diving site is pretty deep. It is opening to the Roatan’s barrier reef at 100 feet while offering a stunning cathedral-like scenario. The channel’s side walls are rising up and almost touching each other, but they still are allowing enough light for you to be safe.
Trunk Turtle Bay Beach – This dive site is located on Barbareta Island, and offers great opportunities for shallow dives and snorkeling.
West End Wall – This spectacular precipice is bordering a deeper blue abyss, with Azure Vase Sponges, barrel sponges, and pillar corals. In the deeper waters you’ll find yourself surrounded by schools of Eagle Rays and pelagics.
Wreck Diving (El Aguila) – The El Aguila is a 210′ cargo boat that sunk to 100 feet on a sandy bottom that’s full of Deep Garden Eels. The wreck was modified to allow for penetration diving and you can go on into the ship’s large, open compartments that now house numerous fish. Next to the wreck runs the wall where you can finish your dive amid stunning tropical fish.
Wreck Diving (Prince Albert) – In 1985, the Prince Albert (a 140 foot tanker) was intentionally sunk. The ship was originally used for the transportation of Nicaragua war refugees to the island of Roatan, where it was partially submerged.
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